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Department of History and Philosophy of Science


These pages contain information for students taking the NST Part IB course in History and Philosophy of Science.

For an introduction to studying History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge please see our undergraduate study pages.

In this section:

HPS Part IB course changes for 2020–21

Due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and government guidance, we have had to make some changes to the programme in order to mitigate against risks to health and to give you the best possible academic experience in the circumstances. We will continue to monitor and respond to the changing public health situation.

The changes are:

  • Lectures
    All lectures will be delivered online. Some will be delivered live online at the scheduled date and time and recordings will be uploaded to Moodle within 48 hours of the lecture taking place. Others will be recorded in advance and the recording will be available to download from Moodle by the scheduled date and time. See the timetable for details of when lectures are scheduled to take place as well as the platform and method of delivery.
  • Supervisions
    Supervisions will be provided in the usual way, although the format will be variable. Supervisions will normally take place in person in groups of two or three. However, where a student or supervisor is shielding or it is not possible to meet in person, e.g. due to local lockdown measures being imposed, supervisions may take place online via Teams, Zoom or Skype.
  • Study skills and other activities
    Study skills groups and other activities will take place online or in person depending on demand and circumstances. Advice of mode of delivery will be circulated prior to the event.

Instant feedback

Students are welcome to use our instant feedback form at any time throughout the year to comment on lectures, supervisions and other aspects of teaching.